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March 9th, 2018

On Friday 20 March 2015, Smart Planning obtained full planning permission for an extension to the Head Office in Battlesbridge, despite being located in the Green Belt. On 9 March 2018 we commenced works at out Head Office, implementing the permission. This extension will create a new meeting waiting area, meeting room and disabled toilet….

During Snowfall vs After Snowfall

March 1st, 2018

We encourage continual professional development here at Smart Planning and routinely ensure staff attend courses to develop their knowledge and skills to assist with the delivery of a high quality service. One of our Associate Directors attended a course on 28 February 2018 held by Urban Design London. This developed their knowledge on the principles…

UPDATE – Timescales for Planning Appeals

February 27th, 2018

The Planning Inspectorate (PI) confirmed on 7 February 2018 that it is now taking an average of 24 weeks from registration for a ‘written representation’ Appeal to be determined. This is 4 weeks longer than previously advised in October 2017. Further comment also states it is taking an average of 10 weeks (from receipt) for…

Appeal Allowed and Planning Permission Granted for Five Houses in the Green Belt

January 31st, 2018

Planning permission was refused by the London Borough of Havering for five dwellings on a previously developed site in the Borough’s Green Belt. The decision was made by Planning Committee resolution contrary to the recommendation of Officers of the Council. The committee’s principal rationale was that the proposal constitutes inappropriate development and would be harmful…

Committee Agreed with Smart Planning and Unanimously Approved our Planning Application

January 18th, 2018

In December 2017, Smart Planning successfully secured planning permission for a first floor extension to a chalet bungalow in the countryside to enable it to be extended into a full two storey dwellinghouse. A planning application was submitted to Maldon District Council following careful design by Smart Planning’s Design Studio and consultation with our clients…

Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works to a Listed Building

January 18th, 2018

In December 2017, Smart Heritage submitted its first ever Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works to a Listed Building (CLPWLB) to Epping Forest District Council which was also their first ever application of this type. A Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works to a Listed Building was part of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act…

Landscape Work at Exmoor National Park

July 12th, 2016

We are delighted to confirm that Robin Lines, our Landscape Architect/ Urban Designer is part of a team that has successfully secured the contract to carry out the Landscape Character Assessment of Exmoor on behalf of the National Park Authority. In awarding the contract the Authority stated it was ‘very impressed’ with the tender submission…

Full Award of Costs Granted by the Planning Inspectorate

April 14th, 2016

Smart Planning recently obtained an excellent result on behalf of a client who had planning permission and a full award of costs granted at appeal. We appealed against a refusal of planning permission for the conversion of a three bedroom property into two self-contained flats. The sole reason for refusal related to a local policy…

Planning and Heritage Expert

March 7th, 2016

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our Planning and Heritage Consultant Paul Clarke, who joined Smart Planning on Monday 29 February 2016. Paul has an extensive understanding of listed buildings and conservation areas and will provide expert reports and advice on all developments affecting the historic environment. We are extremely excited to develop…

RTPI Routes to Chartered Membership

January 14th, 2016

We are pleased to see the RTPI streamlining the routes to Chartered Membership and look forward to finding out how they will do this at the RTPI Planning Convention in June 2016. We have both chartered and technical members of the RTPI at Smart Planning, all of whom have experienced different routes to membership and…